Hawaii Karate Seinenkai
Choki Motobu (also known as Motobu No Saru) arrived in Hawaii in March 1932. Upon his arrival in Hawaii, Motobu encountered visa problems. He was refused admission and detained at the Honolulu immigration station for about one month before being returned to Japan. During his brief stay, Motobu instructed Thomas Shigeru Miyashiro, who had tried to assist with his visa problems. Miyashiro formed a long lasting relationship with Motobu. In fact, Mizuho Mutsu and Kamesuke Higashionna were asked by Motobu to continue Miyashiros' training when they travelled to Hawaii the next year.
Motobu had a reputation as a great fighter, with skills backed up by practical experience. Because of his tough appearance and his inablility to speak "proper" Japanese (like many people of his generation, he spoke the Okinawan dialect), Motobu was considered by some to be rather uncultured. In fact, Motobu was one earliest authors of books on Karate. As for his nickname "Monkey," this referred to his amazing agility. Although he never developed the large following of some other instructors on mainland Japan, he made great contributions to the history of the art, particularly here in Hawaii.
Chosei Motobu at the Hikari Dojo, April 25, 2001.
Motobu was succeeded by his son, Chosei Motobu (accompanied by Takeji Inaba), who visited the Hawaii Karate Seinenkai on April 25, 2001, thus fulfilling his father's desire to teach Karate in Hawaii.
The Hawaii Karate Seinenkai salutes Choki Motobu and Chosei Motobu and expresses its gratitude to them for coming to Hawaii to spread the art of Karate.
Videos About Motobu:
- The Karate of Choki Motobu
by Tsunami Video
The producer of this video has stated: "This is the Motobu family system of Tode (karate) presented by Chosei Motobu and Takeji Inaba including the kumite techniques and their applications. It is the only reference work in the West on this style, and is released with the full cooperation and approval of the Motobu family and the Japan Karate Do Motobukai."
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- Motobu-Ryu Karate-Jutsu
by Quest Co. Ltd. Japan
This DVD shows the Naihanchi Shodan kata as well as the Motobu Choki Juni Hon Kumite forms. A special feature of the DVD shows some of Motobu Sensei's international visits, including his visit to Hawaii in 2001.
Books by Choki Motobu:
- Okinawan Kenpo Tode Jutsu, Kumite Hen,1926.
Translated into English by Seiyu Oyata, 1977. Ryukyu Imports Inc.
Translated into English by Masters Press and available at the Rising Sun Productions website.
- Watashi no Tode Jutsu, 1932. (see original cover above, left)
Recently translated into English by Patrick and Yuriko McCarthy of the Ryukyu Toudijutsu Kokusai Kenkyukai under the title Choki Motobu: Karate, My Art (see cover, above right).
Articles about Motobu:
- A Night of Talking about Karate: Karate Ichiyu-Tan, by Choki Motobu. Originally published in Karate Kenkyu (1934). Translation by Charles Joseph Swift. From Classical Fighting Arts, Issue No. 2, 2003 (pages 48 - 49).
- A Meeting With Chosei Motobu, by Graham Noble. Classical Fighting Arts, Issue No. 1, 2003 (pages 40 - 47).
- Choki Motobu: Revelations from His Son, Chosei. Part 3, by Charles C. Goodin. Dragon Times, Volume 21, 2002. See Dragon Times Online. Reprinted in Patrick McCarthy's Koryu Journal, 1st Quarter 2002.
- Choki Motobu: Revelations from His Son, Chosei. Part 2, by Charles C. Goodin. Dragon Times, Volume 20, 2001. See Dragon Times Online. Includes the Motobu geneology.
- Choki Motobu: Revelations from His Son, Chosei. Part 1, by Charles C. Goodin. Dragon Times, Volume 19, 2001. See Dragon Times Online. Includes a translation of the Daidokan Dojo Rules.
- "What Is Self-Defense?" by James Mitose: Is There A Link To Choki Motobu? by Charles C. Goodin. Classical Fighting Arts, Issue #3, 2004. See Classical Fighting Arts Online.
- Translation by Sanzinsoo of Legend of Choki Motobu, by Seijin Jahana.
- The Koryu Journal©, 3rd Quarter 1999, of Patrick McCarthy's International Ryukyu Karate Research Society, is dedicated entirely to Motobu. The excellent Articles include:
- Shabana/Nakashin Interview, by Mr. Shabana.
- More on Motobu, by Patrick McCarthy.
- Poetry, by Motobu Choki.
- The Rules of Quanfa, by Motobu Choki.
- Talking about my Teacher, by Maruyama Kenji.
- Recollections of Motobu, by Miyahira Katsuya.
- The Final Word, by Nagamine Shoshin.
- Master Choki Motobu: A Real Fighter by Graham Noble. At Dragon Times.
- Master Choki Motobu, 'A Real Fighter,' by Graham Noble. At Journal of Combative Sport.
- Wisdom from the Past: Tidbits on Kata Applications from Pre-War Karate Books. Part Three: Motobu Choki, by Joe Swift.
- Motobu's visit to Hawaii is discussed in Karate's History and Traditions, by Bruce A. Haines. Charles E. Tuttle Company, 1968.
- Motobu's visit to Hawaii is discussed in Karate and Its Development in Hawaii to 1959, by Bruce A. Haines. University of Hawaii, 1962.
- Motobu's visit to Hawaii is apparently discussed in The History of Karate: Okinawan Goju-Ryu, by Morio Higaonna, Dragon Books, 1996. Page 74.
- Motobu's visit to Hawaii is discussed in The Roots of Okinawan Karate in Hawaii, by Charles C. Goodin. Okinawan Mixed Plate: Generous Servings of Culture, Customs and Cuisine, Hui O Laulima, August 2000.
- Motobu's visit to Hawaii is discussed in The Roots of Okinawan Karate in Hawaii, by Charles C. Goodin. Hawaii Pacific Press, August 1, 1999.
- Motobu's visit to Hawaii is discussed in The Roots of Karate in Hawaii, by Charles C. Goodin. Pacific Citizen Holiday Issue, Japanese American Citizens League, December 1999.
- Motobu's visit to Hawaii is discussed in The Roots of Okinawan Karate in Hawaii, by Charles C. Goodin. Masters of Combat, July 2000.
- Motobu's visit to Hawaii is discussed in Thomas Shigeru Miyashiro: Hawaii's First Nisei Karate Sensei, by Charles C. Goodin.
- Motobu's visit to Hawaii is discussed in Hawaii's First Nisei Karate Sensei (Thomas Shigeru Miyashiro), by Charles C. Goodin. Hawaii Pacific Press, September 1, 1999.
- Motobu is discussed in Kata: The Living History of Matsubayashi-ryu Karate. Martial Arts Illustrated, August 1998 (Premier Issue).
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